Thursday, December 23, 2004

Protesters Surprised at ACLU Washington Office

You gotta admit, the ACLU has a sense of humor.

"A contingent of protesters from the religious-right arrived at the Legislative Office of the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, DC only to find the bulk of the office's staff waiting outside with cookies, coffee, soda and Christmas carols.

"Some may have come to our offices today expecting a 'grinch,' but instead found a warm welcome," said Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Office. "Fact is, I have a lot of people in the office looking forward to the holiday season. We understand and respect that there are people that disagree with us about the best way to protect religious freedom in this country, but we hope that we can open a dialogue and continue to search for common ground."

Murphy and her staff wanted to highlight for the protesters the extensive efforts on the part of the ACLU to defend religious free exercise claims across the country. "Though we often get a bad rap for our efforts to keep government from endorsing one particular religion over another," Murphy said, "the fact is we all come to work every morning to make sure that everyone is free to worship as he or she sees fit."

ACLU Online Newsletter - December 23rd, 2004.